Question: Do birth control pills increase the risk of heart disease? Auri (Cartagena).
Answer: Yes, in women who smoke and are over the age of 35, contraceptives increase the risk of coronary heart disease. In addition, they increase the risk of hypertension and of venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, especially when there are other associated blood disorders. The risk of cerebral infarction only increases if it is associated with hypertension, but the chances of suffering a cerebral vein thrombosis is increased.